Lamine Kone likely to stay at Sunderland, but David Moyes expects future sales

Lamine Kone (left)
Lamine Kone (left)
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In-demand Lamine Kone IS expected to remain at Sunderland this summer, amidst reports that the Black Cats have offered the January signing a new contract.

But David Moyes has not ruled out banking big bucks from one of Sunderland’s key players in future, if that money can be used to strengthen the side.

Both Everton and Leicester have enquired about Kone this summer, with the Ivory Coast international understandably attracting attention with his performances from the final four months of last season.

Despite talk of an £18million offer from Everton, it is understood that Kone is likely to remain at the Stadium of Light and reports today have suggested that he has been offered a new lucrative contract.

However, Moyes believes there will come a time when he does look to cash-in on one of his prize assets, as he did during his decade at Everton.

The Toffees banked huge fees from offloading the likes of Wayne Rooney and current Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell, yet that money was reinvested to improve the overall quality of the squad.

Moyes said: “I’m always going to keep the best players, but I’m also going to move the club along. At different times things will have to change.

“We had to sell Wayne Rooney, Mikel Arteta, Jack Rodwell, Joleon Lescott, but it didn’t affect the club, the club moved on.

“I would never say that it won’t happen. But I want to keep the best players and build a team. The more important thing is us bringing players in and bringing in players who can get us away from the wrong end of the league.”